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Dangerous intersections get safety improvements

Eighteen of the most dangerous intersections in Portland will have flashing crossing beacons installed after state legislators granted $2 million for the project.

Five of the intersections are expected to be done by the beginning of next school year, and the other 13 within one year.

At an announcement Tuesday morning, Reps. Shemia Fagan and Jessica Vega Pederson told KOIN 6 News East Portland is getting more help from the state to install the pedestrian crossing beacons with money from the general fund.

This past December 20, Valentine Khubeyeva was hit by a car and died while she tried to cross SE Powell Boulevard at 133rd.

Her daughter, Tatiana Pinchuk said dealing with her death is “really hard for me. I miss my mom.”

This tragedy is repeated over and over in East Portland, where there are not enough crosswalks or even sidewalks.

Fagan and Vega Pederson plus other legislators from East Portland helped secure the money to build sidewalks along SE 136th Avenue.

Each beacon costs between $80,000 and $150,000.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation and neighborhood activists prioritized the intersections based on crash data and what is nearby.

“We sat down and we looked at which ones were near schools, which ones were near parks, which ones were the highest need,” Vega Pederson said

The 18 intersections to get new flashing beacon crosswalks are in two areas of the city — Southeast and Northeast Portland.

For an interactive map of the intersections, visit koin.com/2014/04/22/18-intersections-get-2m-safety-upgrade/